The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wednesday to Saturday...

Wednesday: The sun rose at 6:03am. The sound of digging reverberated throughout the jungle. More pitfalls all round. As some sweated and stank, others battled the sweat bees as they pursued the elusive butterfly. In the distance, a flock of 15 Yellow-rumped Caciques (Cacicus cela) found themselves helplessly entwined in the mist nets. Busy fingers had to work quickly to get them out as fast as they could. Just another day in the Yachana Reserve on the Napo River with GVI Amazon!

Thursday: Torrential rain. Again. In the evening, the stars shone and the torches of eager volunteers illuminated the forest foliage to reveal the amphibious secrets of the jungle.

Friday: A group set out to clear treacherously dense jungle, looking to dig more pitfalls for dung beetles, baited on by delicious pooh.

Saturday: Some endeavoured on a long, long, long trek of epic proportions. Great walk. Absolutely exhausting.